Eminem is Cleared of Domestic Violence Charges
No charges were levied against Marshall Mathers for the Sept. 24 incident in which the rap superstar went to the home because he was angry at the 13-year-old girl, who is under his guardianship, for hanging up the telephone on him, according to police reports from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.
Eminem, 33, who is the midst of divorce proceedings with Kim Mathers, yelled, "I'll kill you," and took the girl's cell phone as he left the home about 2:15 p.m. that Sunday. Eminem also made a reference to Kim Mathers while scolding the girl.
"Don't you ever hang up on me again," the girl quotes her uncle saying, in a written statement to police. "The next time you do you won't have anything at my house and will never see me again. And you wanna know the reason I left your aunt was because she had hung up on me."
Investigators from Macomb County Sheriff's Office and county Prosecutor's Office agreed that Eminem's actions did not necessitate an arrest warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence.
"There were no injuries and nothing to give an indication of a domestic assault," Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said. "We don't think there was any intent to hurt her."
James Langtry, chief of operations at the prosecutor's office, said Marshall Mathers did not receive any special consideration due to his celebrity.
"We treated it as any other criminal allegation brought to us," Langtry said. "There was insufficient evidence to warrant any criminal charges."
The girl says in the report that Eminem "was poking me in the head" and moments later raised his hand "as if he was going to hit me."
Eminem told police he "tapped her on the side of her head with this finger because she was not paying attention to what he was saying," said a report written by sheriff's Detective Sgt. Larry King.
Eminem on April 5 filed for divorce from Kim Mathers, 31, after less than three months of their second marriage. The two did not reach a settlement in the divorce case in a conference at Macomb County Circuit Court in September. The case has been sent to a mediator, and a trial date is scheduled for Dec. 19.
His 13-year-old niece, a daughter of Kim Mathers' sister, has been in the custody of Marshall and Kim, living with them at their prior address on Westchester Drive in Clinton Township.
Eminem's publicist, Dennis Dennehy, released a statement Friday night: "After an independent investigation by the Macomb County Sheriff's Office and a review by the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, both have decided that the basis for the complaint was without merit, and the prosecutor has declined to issue any charges. Anybody who is remotely familiar with Marshall's life knows he is a caring and loving guardian of his niece."
Eminem is believed to be living in Oakland County but still lists his address at the Clinton Township residence, according to the police report.
Besides the teenage girl, at the home at the time of the incident was Kim Mathers' mother, Kathleen Sluck, 50, who lists addresses in both Ray Township and at her daughter's residence in Macomb, and Kim Mathers' youngest daughter age 4 or 5, fathered by another man.
Both Sluck and his niece say in their written statements that Eminem made the life threatening statement as he left.
Kim Mathers was driving home at the time of the incident and called police after being told about the incident.
Precipitating the incident was Eminem talking to his niece by phone about "her school clothing," Eminem told police. She "didn't like what she heard" and began "speaking over" Eminem before she hung up on him, Eminem told police.
Eminem told police he tried calling her back several times and tried calling Kim Mathers but got no answers. He said he went to the home "to make sure everything was OK over there," the report said.
Eminem entered the home without knocking or ringing the doorbell and went to the computer area, where his niece was at the computer and Kim Mathers' other daughter was on an adjacent bed. The 13-year-old put the younger girl on her lap.
Eminem told his niece, "You know she's saving your butt right now," the girl said in her statement.
He also accused her of being "selfish" and trying to break up him and Kim Mathers.
"You have always tried to separate me and your aunt. Always," the girl quotes Eminem as saying. "You take everything for granted at home. I'm signing shoes for charity doing this and that, and you're just a selfish kid."
Eminem took her cell phone, but it has been returned to her through an attorney and police.